Vancouver-West End NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert has been reappointed as his party's Official Opposition Spokesperson for Arts, Tourism, and Culture.
Chandra Herbert will also stand as the NDP's new critic for Film and Television. A continual advocate for the cultural sector, he previously served as arts, tourism, and culture critic prior to the 2013 election, after which he was appointed as Environment Spokesperson. Changes to the Opposition shadow cabinet were announced on February 18.
On February 23, Chandra Herbert spoke in the BC Legislature about the need for a stronger provincial investment in arts and culture, referencing new research on BC's cultural ecology conducted for the Alliance for Arts + Culture by Hill Strategies Research. He spoke further about the reports and his hopes to improve promotion of British Columbia's creative economy in an interview last week with The Georgia Straight.
Prior to becoming an MLA, Chandra Herbert was an award-winning artist and arts producer in theatre and dance, and was the associate producer of the United Nations World Urban Festival. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University.